New Abolitionists take on sex trade industry

George Fox will host an event to educate people on the sex trade industry.What can be done to bring awareness and offer solutions concerning the sex trade industry? George Fox University will host an event in March, the New Abolitionists Week, that addresses the issue of sex slavery at both the local and international levels.

The public is invited to attend all of the events free of charge.

Tom Davis: Children's HopeChest

The event begins Monday, March 7, with keynote speaker Tom Davis from Children’s HopeChest, a Christian-advocacy organization dedicated to providing holistic support for orphans in more than 70 locations worldwide, speaking during chapel at 10:40 a.m. in Bauman Auditorium on the school’s Newberg, Ore., campus.

The group also will set up an Orphan Experience, an interactive, multi-sensory art exhibit that draws viewers into the stories of orphans by displaying media presentations as well as artifacts, such as clothing or food, that are taken from HopeChest’s program sites.

Born Into Brothels

On Tuesday, March 8, the film Born into Brothels will be shown at 9 p.m. in the Edwards-Holman Science Center’s Room 102. Directed by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, Born into Brothels won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2005. The movie depicts the lives of several children living in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers are prostitutes. Briski, a New York-based photographer, teaches the children how to use cameras and shows them how to look at the world with different eyes.

Stephanie Mathis: Oregon Center for Christian Values

On Wednesday, March 9, Stephanie Mathis will speak during chapel at 10:40 a.m. in Bauman Auditorium. Mathis is the spiritual formation director at Warner Pacific College and an activist for the Oregon Center for Christian Values, which educates Christians on social issues and works to stop sex trafficking in Oregon and around the world.

The Statistics

More than 1,200 children from around the U.S. have been rescued from sex slavery since the implementation of the Innocence Lost National Initiative in 2003, a joint effort of the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, aimed at addressing the problem of domestic sex trafficking of children in the U.S.

Portland has previously been ranked by the FBI as having the second-highest standing in the country for sex trafficking, with more than 50 percent of those victims being children.

To learn more about the events planned, contact Kayin Griffith, spiritual life coordinator at George Fox, at 503-554-2320.